DB Maroon’s BLACK LIVES AMERICAN LOVE with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032


Join us for a reading of DB Maroon’s Black Lives American Love, a hard-hitting collection of essays on America, Blackness, and racial politics. In conversation with Maroon will be poet LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, author of Village. 

"An eloquent and perceptive series of essays on Black lives in America" — Kirkus Reviews

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 50 max attendees. Please register in advance

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees are encouraged to stay masked at all time. 

Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, is located at 876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 157th St., A/C train to 163rd St., and the M4 and M5 to Broadway and 159/160th.


From the birthplace of the Black Lives Matter movement to the murders of unarmed Black people, this essay collection invites readers to ask questions as much as it asks for accountability. Moving through debates on the 1619 Project to the rippling impact of resurgent white nationalism, the golden thread of each essay is the hopeful continuance of the Black community, as well as a call to greater truth as the first step toward reconciliation. 

Intersectional, personal, and ultimately centered on truth, love, and perseverance, Black Lives, American Love details and tends to the fractures in American culture. It is a meditation on how we can all do more to secure America’s vastly beautiful possibilities for all its citizens rather than a few.


D.B. Maroon is an expert on American culture, an anthropologist, and CEO of an urban research institute. Her essays have been published in The Themed Space: Locating Culture,Nation, and Self and Spirited: Affirming the Soul and Black Gay/Lesbian Identity. A committed public scholar, she's appeared in Bustle, Shape, Healthline, and Women's Health. She holds a PhD in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz.


LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a poet and sound artist. Her multilingual work addresses themes of global inequality, displacement, and forced migration. Diggs is the author of Village (Coffee House Books, 2023) and TwERK (Belladonna*, 2013). Diggs’s honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as residencies at Caldera Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Naropa University. She has also received grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Eben Demarest Trust, the Harlem Community Arts Fund, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.


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Black Lives, American Love: Essays on Race and Resilience By D.B. Maroon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781641609326
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - November 7th, 2023

Village By Latasha N. Nevada Diggs Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566896610
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 7th, 2023

Twerk By Latasha N. Nevada Diggs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780988539907
Published: Belladonna* - April 1st, 2013